Guilty plea over explicit images

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 09:00 01/03/2014

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The father of a toddler has admitted having hundreds of explicit videos and images of children - some of them featuring sadism and bestiality - stored on his computer.

In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, Conan McClelland, an auto-electrical mechanic, 34, of Palmerston North, pleaded guilty to 29 representative charges of possessing objectionable material, which included sexual images of children on their own, children and adults involved in bestiality, and children being penetrated.

Other material was described in the summary of facts as showing children involved in sadism, in which people derive pleasure from watching others in painful, degrading or humiliating scenarios.

There were also images of children taking part in sexual activities with other children.

Some of the children were featured in videos seen by United States law enforcement officers.

According to documents provided by those officers, one of the children in the explicit videos on McClelland's computer was between eight and nine years of age at the time the film was made.

A total of 984 images and 383 videos were found on McClelland's computer when his house was raided in January last year. McClelland, who is married and has a young child, told police he had been downloading the material for four years by using file sharing software Shareaza.

He downloaded explicit images and videos for two years before deleting all he had, but got back on the bandwagon soon after. He told police he downloaded "everything, all ages" until he was discovered.

Crown prosecutor Daniel Flinn said McClelland co-operated with the investigation, giving police passwords to his computer and programmes to ensure all material was found.

McClelland had name suppression, but defence lawyer Peter Coles said there were no grounds to continue it after the guilty pleas.

Judge Les Atkins remanded McClelland on bail until April for sentencing. While on bail, McClelland cannot use the internet outside of work or be alone with children under 16.

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- Manawatu Standard

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